Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W3: MPO and 3D-AVI files on Mac OS X

I recently acquired a [Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W3](http://www.fujifilm.com/products/3d/camera/finepix_real3dw3/) point & shoot camera, which is the only (proper) 3D point & shoot camera on the market ([Mark Blum](http://www.undersea3d.com) showed me the W1, its predecessor, some time ago). The camera stores still images in MPO format, which is essentially two JPGs, thumbnails and metadata crammed into a single file. It stores video files in a stacked AVI format called 3D-AVI. New file formats are always challenging to deal with, especially if you're on a Mac. Fuji ships the camera with its FinePix software, and after installing it, I realized that it has no 3D support because the Mac version is two major revisions behind the Windows version!

I went online looking around for MPO and 3D-AVI support for the Mac. Things aren't looking so good.

Every single program for Mac OS X that supports MPO or 3D-AVI files looks like it was written in 1995 by a Windows programmer: they are celebrations of Mac standards violations and unintuitive interfaces! But, hey -- they open the files, and some of them are even free.

**Here are the most functional of the group:**

- [Mac 3D Viewer 1.0](http://mac3dviewer.apple-solutions.net/en/): No anaglyph export, but effective MPO viewer. No folder navigator or drag & drop -- must use unwieldy file open dialog. Slow folder analysis step.

- [RedGreen](http://mac.clauss-net.de/redgreen/): Simple! You open left and right images (easily, by multi-select in open file dialog -- no drag & drop) and merge them into anaglyph. Moving images around to adjust is painfully slow, and there is no fit to window nor zoom keyboard shortcuts, requiring the use of a mouse to select zoom level

- [StereoSplicer (Beta 7)](http://web.me.com/ijunji/Challenge!_REAL_3D_and_Mac_E/Application.html): Extracts left and right plus anaglyph and side by side (parallel or cross view) and lets you save them. Files must be named DSCF0000.MPO (where 0000 can be any number), which breaks most workflows. Also will separate 3D-AVI video files.

- [ExifTool combined with Automater](http://3dphotography.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/extracting-the-two-images-from-fujifilm-real-3ds-mpo-format-on-a-mac/): This is my favorite way of extracting left and right images from an MPO. Using an Automator Workflow, I can right click on a file (or series of files) and select "Extract MPO Files." The script specified in the page I linked above doesn't support a folder structure or files that contain spaces. Here is a Automator service and application that fixes the problem (I am not responsible for these -- use at your own risk!).

- [StereoPhoto Maker](http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/) / [StereoMovie Maker](http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stvmkr/) (for Windows): by far the best software out there, in terms of functionality. Full 3D-AVI support, too. Tried running in [WineBottler](http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/) -- do not recommend! Extremely slow on MacBook Pro. Took 20 seconds to open a single MPO from Fuji. However, is very responsive in Parallels / Windows XP.

- Fuji FinePix v5 (Windows) in VMWare Fusion / Parallels

**Here are some other options (don't recommend):**

- [AnaBuilder](http://anabuilder.free.fr/indexEN.html) - [Stereomerger](http://www.stereomerger.com/mw/index.php/Welcome_to_Stereomerger)

### Notes about 3D video:

For video, once you have extracted left and right streams, [Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox](http://www.dashwoodcinemasolutions.com/stereo3dtoolbox.php) works well and is designed so editors who work in Final Cut Studio can add stereoscopic video to their workflow.

I've been experimenting with line by line interleaved (interlaced) 3D video lately, and discovered a few things:

- Quicktime X playback of 1920x1080 line by line interlaced content is wrong (didn't work on my Hyundai W240S monitor). Use Quicktime 7 or another player - Dashwood Stereo3D's line by line interlaced output doesn't work with interlaced video sources - The Hyundai W240S, which is a 24" monitor that supports line by line interlaced 3D using Xpol and circular polarized glasses, displays 3D that is less pronounced than what you get using anaglyph glasses. I'm returning it.

**UPDATE**: The folks over at AlienRat Design have created [a QuickLook plugin for the Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W3](http://alienrat.net/software/mpo.quicklook.html) so you can preview MPO files in Finder.

**UPDATE, OCTOBER 4, 2010**: I've been using [Fuji's MyFinePix Studio](http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/myfinepix_studio/index.html) in Parallels / Windows XP, and the thing is pretty terrible. You can't look at a 3D image using the software (anaglyph or any other view). Today, Fuji released v2.0 of MyFinePix Studio for Windows 7 / Vista / XP, which includes the ability to edit 3D movies, divide 3D movies into two 2D movies, and divide MPO files into two JPG images. All of these are rudimentary features that have been long supported by StereoPhoto Maker and StereoVideo Maker.